Building an I5 SB gaming and work computer

I need some advice on a setup for my new build. I have been looking on here and saw a post earlier and kinda lost it. I figured it would be better to ask so it would be tailored to my needs.
Budget is around 1400-1600, but I want it to be a dual boot hackintosh too

CPU - i5 Sandy Bridge 2500k

CPU Fan- Coolmaster Hyper 212

Motherboard - probably a ASROCK, feel free to suggest which one.

RAM - open to suggestions, but i would like to to be 8 gigs or higher and 4 gigs to a stick

Case - Cooler Master Storm Scout
(this one is also open to suggestions)

Power Supply - I am currently looking for opinions on this too, but see the Video Card section for more.

Drive - just a plane DVDRW samsung

Video Card - I am not sure which i better, 2 HD 6870 cards or 1 nvidia higher end card

Hard Drives - Not sure on this either, I want 2 TB in different drives, but I am not sure that I want a SSD for boots.

Any help will be great!

Also looking to get a monitor (not in the budget amount) either a 27 or 30 inch. I would love to hear some opinions and see some pictures, thanks! (note: looks like all I see are 1080p monitors at that size that are in a decent price range, would it be best just look for a LED tv around that size?)
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  1. Choose GIGABYTE or ASUS for the mobo. They're much better. I'd also strongly recommend the HAF 922 for the case. I love it. For RAM, go w/ Corsair, G.Skill or Kingston (Preference in descending order). Please do yourself a favour and buy a Corsair PSU (500W for single card or 750+ W for dual cards), you won't regret it. SSD will definitely increase the speed by a lot but it all depends on your budget and if you really need it. I'd recommend going with WD or Samsung for the HDD. If you do want to buy an SSD, OCZ Vertex is one of the best. I believe vertex 3 is coming out soon, if you want to wait for it. The CPU is a good choice. You wouldn't need the fan though, especially w/ a good case like the haf 922. And finally for the video card, I personally go with nvidia after some bad past experiences with ATI. Like a gtx 570 perhaps? Check this out:,2857.html] Good Luck.
  2. Thanks jey, I will look into that, but I think the hackintosh has issues with Nvidia stuff, I will look though.

    So you think I dont need a heatsync? (other than the one that they give you I guess.
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  4. Thanks, AZN

    Still need some monitor suggestions :P
  5. looking for a 27 + on the monitor
  6. AZN, is there a reason you like the MSI 560 over the ASUS one? the charts seem to favor the ASUS one.
  7. Because the DirectCu from newegg isn't the TOP directcu which is more OC'd than the normal version stock. The MSI will give you more performance over the normal DirectCu. See if they did sell it, I'd tell you to get that.

    However if you plan to overclock yourself anyway either card is fine.
  8. Thanks, its all kinda pointless till the B3 motherboards get around, but Victory Loves Preparation.

    Still kinda working on the monitor thing too, whats your thought on the SSD drive?
    I want 2 seperate 1 TB hd for both my OS, but are the SSD really worth it?

    Also would it be better to just run one video card that is the around the same cost than the two separate ones?
  9. Well this would be my config. 60gb SF-XXXX for boot drive and things like Photoshop or Steam. Then have a 1TB just store the rest of the data (Samsung F3 1TB). That's basically my config. I mean you can have the extra HDD for backup. IMO 1TB is all a person needs.

    X meaning whatever gen it will be when I get my next computer. In your case the 2200.
  10. I added an edit to the last post, the reason i asked again is that I looked at your link and read all the 1200-1500 stuff and you seem to favor 1 card over 2.

    Would you pay 500 for a higher end single Nvidia card or buy 2 for 500 and sli them
  11. Depends on the games. I play games that all accept CF/SLI systems IE Battlefield BC2, TF2, Source games, Shogun blah blah blah. So imo, the SLI 560 Ti is more powerful. Even at stock the 560 Ti in SLI own a single 580.

    If you play games like Blizzard games, you'll probably want the the better single card, 570/580/6950 2GB/6970 2GB.
  12. Awesome, you have been a ton of help, now if you can only hurry the B3 motherboards :P
  13. Haha no problemo
  14. Azn, is this the same card?

    also hows this look?
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  15. Yup that is the card.
  16. Best answer selected by destro190.
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